16 November 2021
On this day in 1688, an Irish emigrant woman named Ann Glover prepared for death – she was the last person to be hanged in Boston as a witch.

Ann worked as a washer woman in the colony of Boston Massachusetts. When the children of her patrons accused her of stealing laundry, they got into a heated argument which led to her being accused of witchcraft.

Further confirmation of her status as a witch came when she was asked to recite the Lord’s Prayer and could only do so in broken Latin, or her native Irish – which her accusers did not understand and deemed ‘a language of the devil’. This claim, among others, was enough for her to be sentenced to death.

Glover's trial would become the basis for many of the cases in the 1692 Salem witch trials. Boston City Council declared November 16th “Glover Day” to recognise the injustice perpetrated on Ann.

Read more about Ann's trial and execution here: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/irishwoman-ann-glover-the-last-woman-hanged-for-witchcraft-in-boston-1.3497263
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